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THis monumental oak should be allowed to live out its normal life

To The Daily Sun,

The Laconia Heritage Commission would like to thank the people who have already spoken out in support of the beautiful "monumental" oak tree at 1106 Union Avenue. Once again, Greg Nolan, Cafua Management and Dunkin' Donuts are trying to destroy something historical. Unlike the Hathaway House which was to be preserved under a gentleman's agreement, the final approved site plan for this property specifically states that this tree is to be saved. We urge the Laconia Planning Board and City Council to stick to their guns and not allow this tree to be destroyed. The argument seems to be line of sight coming out of this property. Easily fixed. Make the area by the tree the entrance rather than the exit.
According to Arthur Costonis of the Environmental Defense Fund, this tree just needs some pruning to help with its preservation so it can continue to grace Union Avenue with its beautiful presence for many decades to come. Several steps were outlined by Mr. Costonis, such as removal of the asphalt over the root system and porous cement pavers put in its place. We urge the City Council, Planning Board and Public Works Department to take these steps to preserve this tree, sooner, rather than later, before it is destroyed.
Like the Perley Oak, this monumental oak tree is worth saving to allow it to live out its natural life for all of the city of Laconia to enjoy.
The Laconia Heritage Commission
Pam Clark, Chair
Dorothy Duffy
Mary Jane Hoey
Mary Ellen Boudman
Catherine Tokarz
Charlie St. Clair

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 September 2015 10:13

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Is it too bold of me to ask that you get all the facts before you vote?

To The Daily Sun,

To my Democratic representative and senator: Whether or not you voted for Obamacare, you are stated supporters of it. If you voted for it, you never read the bill before you voted, which is a problem for me as it makes you an uninformed voter on my behalf. So whether you voted for it or you support it, here's what you have given us as part of Obamacare that kicked in January 1, 2015:

— Medicare tax went from 1.45 to 2.35 percent.
— Top income tax bracket went from 35 to 39.6 percent.
— Top income payroll tax went from 37.4 to 52.2 percent.
— Capital gains tax went from 15 to 28 percent (if you're living off your investments, this is a big deal). Dividend tax went from 15 to 39.6 percent.
— Estate tax went from 0 to 55 percent (over half, really!).
— A 35 percent real estate transaction tax was added

Now we're faced with your vote on the Iran deal and I know you do not have all the facts associated with this. Yet you are going to support it anyway; Jean Shaheen has already confirmed to me that she is. No idea all that was in Obamacare, no idea what is really in the Iran deal, but you are supporting it.

You can see the consequences of voting without all the facts to support the president and party rather than the people with Obamacare, which by the way left 26 medical facilities in this state out of the loop, and now another consequential bill is before you and, once again, not having all the facts, you do the same. Is it too bold of me to ask that you get ALL the facts and know what you're doing before you make decisions on my behalf?

Althea Dunscombe
Center Harbor

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 September 2015 10:05

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When I became disabled I went through all the cycles, none positive

To The Daily Sun,

I am a proud participant with the Community Action Senior Program. I represent this great program as a receptionist at the Laconia Employment Security Office. I work there in my wheelchair and I just love seeing the public who visit. The C.A.P. is a perfect fit for me.

When I became disabled I went through all of the cycles — none of which were positive. Then one day — I choose to call it "divine intervention" — I said enough of this. I refused to believe that I was not capable of doing anything and made myself the commitment to once again be productive. It is far better than the alternative of having 183 cans of beer., a half gallon of 2 percent milk, a box of Devil Dogs and nothing else in the refrigerator.

I joined some wonderful services that are there for everyone — Vocational Rehabilitation and C.A.P. But, above all, I made a renewal and commitment to Christ. It's there for everyone.

In all things negative, inspire to make positive. Aspire to appreciate what was and what is to be. When I was hired as a custodian at the Laconia School District, I was determined to stay for just one year. I was wrong. I stayed for well over a decade and I left only due to the fact that i could no longer do it physically. And this led me to a blessing in disguise. The Lord does move in mysterious way. As for the school district, it was a great experience. Somewhere hidden at the high school are: three boxes of toilet paper and a box of thumb tacks for an emergency. I will not divulge the location. I am not "deep throat". President Nixon would be proud.

Find humor in things negative. I meet depressed people everyday and I do my best to bring a smile to their faces, often at my own expense.

One may find several programs at Laconia Employment Security. It's not just about collecting unemployment. It is also about seeking the services there for a better life and, most important, a better self esteem. It did it for me. I can for you as well. Remember, faith is always stronger than failure.

Matthew Tetreault



Last Updated on Thursday, 17 September 2015 09:56

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How can you teach our children in science class that there is no God?

To The Daily Sun,
Dave Pollak in his letter of Sept. 9 says, the study of evolution "takes no position on the existence or non-existence of God". If that were true there would be no controversy between evolution and say, intelligent design. But there is.

Editors of scientific journals can lose their job if they so much as mention intelligent design. College professors are denied tenure or fired for doing so. Researchers, even if they do their research from an intelligent design model, dare not mention it in their reports. If the study of evolution takes no position on the existence or non-existence of God, then why are these things so. To be intellectually honest, in such a study that purports to tell us of the the descent of man through history, that takes no position on the existence of God, would have to consider at least the possibility of his creative power and the design implications of that. To eliminate the consideration of God, the creator, in this study — and that is what the theory of evolution does — is to say that he doesn't exist.

For if he does exist, it is completely unreasonable not to consider him in such a study. This is not a really complicated deduction. Some evolutionists actually are atheists. Others It seems are so conditioned to think only inside the evolutionary box that they can't consider this thought process. No such construct exists in nature, as this you cannot consider God in the study of our history. It is man made.

It's like the Geico commercial with the giant octopus in the pond on a golf course grabbing the golfers in its tentacles and the announcers barely acknowledge it. Here we have the all powerful omnipotent God who can create something out of nothing, who has the reputation through history for doing so, and these geniuses won't consider him. Please don't confuse the issue here. What scientist do when they move from their study in variation in kind in the present to macro evolution; is to create a historical narrative, this is not about science. Sir, I can understand you not believing in a supernatural power. Unless God gives a man faith he cannot have it. (If you sincerely ask God for it He will give it to you.) But please don't call your lack of faith science and cause our youth to stumble by doing so.

Furthermore a science that is based on evidence rather than ridged adherence to a world view would not need to crush descent with a heavy hand as evolutionist do. The evidence would be enough to convict reasonable men. This is not the case with the theory of evolution. It needs the authority of the courts and the fear of scientists, researchers and teachers, of losing their positions and livelihoods if they step out of line, to hold it in place. It is a totalitarian discipline held hostage to an atheistic world view, not really a science as you present it to be.

You say that humans are a 98 percent genetic match for chimpanzees. I will defer to you in that. I'm sure you know more about genetics than I. But to say that, that gives evidence of macro evolution does follow. I'm not sure how old you are but I'll give this a shot. Do you remember the Ford Falcon and the Mercury Comet. (My first car was a Comet) If you compared same year of these two vehicles I bet that you would find that they were at least 98 percent the same. But you couldn't say that the Falcon gave birth to the Comet for it didn't even have the ability to do so, being an inanimate object. But they had the same designer and maker. They were made on the same assembly line even. How can you say that you know that the genetic similarities between humans and chimpanzees are due to evolution rather than their having a common Designer and Creator? And in this case it is clear that two percent makes a world of difference. And as the old Yankee says, "you can't get there from here".

As to, "We teach it to our children so they understand the world": It was in the 1950s and 60s we forbade prayer and Bible recitation in public schools. It was around the same time we started in earnest teaching evolution. How has that been working out for us?

Sir, do you let your toddler learn to cross the street on his own. How then can you teach our children in science class that there is no God. The deduction I made earlier is real. If it is expressed verbally or not it makes its way into our children's hearts when you teach the theory of evolution. You then expect them to find God on their own? Yes, no one can or should try to force someone to believe, but they need to be led in the right direction.

John Demakowski

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 10:22

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The United States should take in as many world refugees as possible

To The Daily Sun,

"There is a refugee crisis happening right now and the U.S. needs to show leadership and kindness by accepting these refugees from Syria and elsewhere. Germany is accepting 800,000 refugees while we are only accepting in the few thousands. We have the wealth to do it, so let's do it!"
This is what Fatima Kuyateh suggested for a letter to the editor. I think that we should take in as many refugees as we can.

"Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

— Emma Lazarus, 1883

Dick Devens


Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 10:18

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